Security Thousands of Herat residents demand ceasefire as peace talks move forward 2020-11-24 'We are fed up with this war and bloodshed,' said one participant of a gathering in Herat city. Economy 2020-11-23 Government development projects give Herat residents hope for future Roadwork and other rehabilitation projects in Herat Province provide jobs for thousands of residents and improve the appearance of the provincial capital. Diplomacy 2020-11-23 Afghan government, Taliban set to move forward on peace talks, say officials Both sides now have resolved several disputed issues, opening the path for talks to advance, said an Afghan official close to negotiators in Doha. Media 2020-11-23 ISIS outlets exhibit major deterioration with lack of quality photos, videos The degradation of ISIS's once-sophisticated propaganda machine reflects the territorial and ideological losses the group has suffered in recent years. Analysis 2020-11-20 Evidence grows of Moscow's malevolent intentions in Afghanistan The Kremlin is continuing to to provide political and material support to the Taliban as a way to keep its grips on an unstable Afghanistan. Security 2020-11-20 Takhar women vow to forgive Taliban atrocities if group makes peace The Taliban's war has taken Afghanistan's economy and politics to the brink of collapse. It is time to end the violence, activists say. What do you think of the Taliban's campaign of increased violence during the Afghan peace process? The Taliban do not want to make peace The Taliban are looking for concessions at the negotiating table The Taliban cannot control all their fighters I don't know View Results Spotlight Afghan government bolsters education in Herat with almost 100 new schools Students who once studied in tents are now able to attend schools with proper buildings. Health 2020-11-20 China injects almost a million people with unproven COVID-19 vaccine Many of Sinopharm's trials are happening overseas, and the Chinese firm has offered little clinical evidence to back up its claims of success. Security 2020-11-19 Kunduz residents denounce Taliban after failed attack on Dasht-i-Archi Security forces were able to repel the Taliban attack on Dasht-i-Archi district centre, which came as peace talks continue in Qatar. Protests 2020-11-19 Iranians filled with grief, anger over lack of accountability in last year's protest crackdown One year after massive protests rocked Tehran and other cities, people want justice for the 304 protestors and bystanders ruthlessly killed by the Iranian regime. Connect with Us: Subscribe to the Salaam Times newsletter Subscribe We send updates twice a week with the latest news and features Diplomacy 2020-11-19 In Kabul, Imran Khan vows to help stem violence in Afghanistan The visit is Khan's first to Kabul since becoming prime minister in August 2018. Security 2020-11-18 US military vows to stand with Afghan government amid troop withdrawal The United States is set to cut troop levels to 2,500 by early next year, but Afghan officials do not expect a major change as 96% of military operations are conducted by Afghan security forces alone. Education 2020-11-18 Afghan government bolsters education in Herat with almost 100 new schools Students who once studied in tents are now able to attend schools with proper buildings. Religion 2020-11-18 Balkh officials register madrassas in attempt to root out extremism The goal is to improve educational standards and prevent the spread of radical views, officials say. Security 2020-11-17 Afghan forces hunt down ISIS remnants as life normalises in former strongholds Residents in Nangarhar Province are rebuilding their homes and say they no longer fear the wrath of the terrorists. Security 2020-11-16 Explosives seized in Farah mark latest Iranian assistance to Taliban The Taliban do not have the ability to operate against and fight the Afghan security forces without the military and financial support of Iran, a local official said. Security 2020-11-16 Afghan forces hunt down masterminds of Kabul University massacre Security forces arrested Mohammad Adel, the main suspected mastermind behind the November 2 attack, and another accused organiser, while killing a third fugitive. Terrorism 2020-11-16 Killing of top al-Qaeda official in Tehran prompts uncomfortable questions for Iran A report detailing the killing of al-Qaeda's second-in-command Abu Muhammad al-Masri also shed light on the regime's efforts to protect the terrorist leader in an upscale suburb of Tehran for years. Security 2020-11-13 Zabul residents see positive change, improved security with police reforms 'The professional conduct of police has made us hopeful for a brighter future,' a local youth activist said. Security 2020-11-13 Taliban threatened Afghan reporter killed in car bombing, rights group says Azadi Radio reporter Aliyas Dayee had been explicitly warned not to report on the Taliban's operations in the province or that the group was violating the peace with with the United States. Economy 2020-11-13 Government-backed horticulture project creates jobs for thousands of women in Balkh The National Horticulture and Livestock Project seeks to build women's capacity, empower them economically, expand their access to social activities and increase vegetable production. Security 2020-11-12 Azadi Radio journalist killed in Helmand blast as attacks intensify across country The attack follows a surge of violence in Afghanistan despite peace talks between the government and the Taliban. Security 2020-11-12 US delivers hundreds of Humvees, combat gear to Afghan forces The assistance to the ANDSF demonstrates continued international support for Afghanistan and will further enhance the capabilities of security forces, analysts say. Security 2020-11-12 Iran's excuses 'not credible' over presence of nuclear material, UN regulator says Iran's stockpile of enriched uranium is now more than 12 times the limit set in a 2015 deal with world powers, confirmed the UN nuclear watchdog. Security 2020-11-11 Xi fuels jingoism at home while China's military grows aggressive abroad The Chinese president is directing operations to undermine neighbouring countries while at the same time claiming that 'pursuing hegemony or bullying leads nowhere'. Diplomacy 2020-11-10 Taliban members who embrace peace are welcome in Afghan government: lawmakers Rahmatullah Andar, a spokesman for the National Security Council (NSC) and a former Taliban commander, is a prime example. Security 2020-11-10 Afghan forces hunt down al-Qaeda leader in latest blow to terror group The killing of al-Qaeda leader Mohammad Hanif comes after that of Abu Muhsin al-Masri, another wanted terrorist, last month. Security 2020-11-09 Tehran dangles promises of residential plots to families of slain Fatemiyoun members The Iranian regime is using the promise of land in a bid to trick Afghan refugees living in deplorable conditions in Iran into fighting its proxy wars across the region, say observers. Diplomacy 2020-11-09 Over 1,300 religious scholars, students gather for peace in Jalalabad The continuation of violence, especially against educational institutions, is unacceptable and contrary to Islam, scholars say. Media 2020-11-06 Beijing's diplomats adapt Kremlin tactics in broadening disinformation offensive China's campaign borrows tactics from troll factories and relies heavily on Russian and Iranian state-sponsored news outlets to 'validate' false narratives and conspiracy theories. Security 2020-11-06 Afghan violence surged despite peace talks, says US watchdog More than 850 Afghans were killed in attacks in the three-month period ending in September, US watchdog says.